Neurochemical Research

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 951–957 | Cite as

Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginsenoside-Rh2 Inhibits LPS-Induced Activation of Microglia and Overproduction of Inflammatory Mediators Via Modulation of TGF-β1/Smad Pathway

  • R Vinoth Kumar
  • Tae Woo Oh
  • Yong-Ki ParkEmail author
Short Communication


Microglia activation plays an important role in neuroinflammation and contributes to several neurological disorders. Hence, inhibition of both microglia activation and pro-inflammatory cytokines may lead to the effective treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we found that GRh2 inhibited the inflammatory response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and prevented the LPS-induced neurotoxicity in microglia cells. GRh2 significantly decreased the generation of nitric oxide production, and tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β, cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase in LPS-induced activated microglia cells. Furthermore, GRh2 (20 and 50 μM) significantly increased TGF-β1 expression and reduced the expression of Smad. These results suggest that GRh2 effectively inhibits microglia activation and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines via modulating the TGF-β1/Smad pathway.


GRh2 Lipopolysaccharide BV-2 microglia cells TGF-β1/Smad 



Ginsenoside Rh2




Nitric oxide


Inducible nitric oxide synthesis




Tumor necrosis factor-α






Transforming growth factor-β



This research was supported by a grant from the Oriental Medicine R&D Project, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs (B100049), and the SRD II Scholarship Program of Dongguk University.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Herbology, College of Korean MedicineDongguk UniversityGyeongjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Korean Medicine R&D CenterDongguk UniversityGyeongjuRepublic of Korea

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